A Sylvan Lake Nautical swimmer proved her ability to compete with some of the country’s best at Canadian Age Group Championships in Winnipeg July 23-27.
Elizabeth Moore, 13, took part in six events, with her best result coming in a fourth-place national finish in the 100m breaststroke.
She was the sole representative of Sylvan Lake Nauticals, yet earned a tied position of 103rd for team points. That was out of 137 teams competing.
While she admits some of her races didn’t go as she’d planned, she relished the opportunity to compete against some of the country’s top swimmers.
“It’s the biggest (competition) I’ve ever been to,” she said, adding that compared to other competitions she’s participated in, “there were a lot more competitors, and people from all over the country were there. They were pretty fast.”
Swimmers from Ireland and France also took part in races throughout the competition. Though Moore finished 6th altogether in the 100m breaststroke, she was fourth among the Canadian swimmers.
In preparing for the event, she maintained a well-rounded diet and trained five times a week between Monday and Friday.
She was joined on the trip by coaches Trevor and Sharon Burns of Sylvan Lake Nauticals, whom she’s trained with since she began swimming seven years ago.
Moore competed at the same competition in Montreal last year.
Although she’s enjoyed plenty of competitive success in her young career, she plans to continue her participation in the sport for only the right reasons.
“At the moment, I just want to have fun and keep swimming,” she said.
She’ll now enjoy a summer break before returning to the pool in early fall.
Moore’s complete results from the Age Group Championships are as follows: 50m breaststroke – 15th; 50m backstroke – 10th (personal best time; club record; senior provincial ‘A’ qualifying time); 100m breaststroke – fourth in Canada; 200m breaststroke – 12th in Canada; 50m butterfly – 17th (ranked 21st going into the race); 200m individual medley – sixth in Canada (ranked 25th going into the race; personal best time; club record; senior provincial ‘A’ qualifying time; 14-year-old national qualifying time; 15-and-under western qualifying time.